|We Brings Goods, Not Life|
This suggests an interesting exercise: I wonder how GE compares with another famous American enterprise, the Mafia. They certainly both provide jobs in certain sectors and keep the economy buzzing. But GE fired 1/5 of its US workforce in 9 years. I bet the Mafia hasn't outsourced nearly that many jobs. Then again thank heavens GE outsourced their nuclear power plants because when they blow, the people killed will be mostly distant Japanese (who don't threaten our tax laws)! Sure, both organizations kill people, but with the Mafia it's mostly rival gangsters– killed quickly with bullets– while GE kills indiscriminately, slowly and subtly.
As big "business" grows more efficient at what it does– generating profits– what is to distinguish legitimate business from organized crime? Crime may not even pay as well as the legal thievery the top 1% of American earners have engineered for themselves, because it's, uh, "illegal". So is there any difference left? Is this the best that capitalism can offer?